Norwegian New Zealanders

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Norwegian New Zealanders
Norske newzealendere
Total population
828 (Norwegian born)
1,400 (Norwegian ancestry)
0.03% of New Zealand's population[1]
Regions with significant populations
Manawatu-Wanganui, Norsewood, Danevirke, Wellington
New Zealand English · Norwegian
Protestant · Roman Catholic
Related ethnic groups
Norwegians · Norwegian Australians · Norwegian Americans · Norwegian Canadians

Norwegian New Zealanders (Norwegian: Norske newzealendere) are New Zealanders of Norwegian ancestry, the majority of whom are part of the Norwegian diaspora.


Two Norwegian settlements were established in New Zealand, one in Norsewood (located in the Seventy Mile Bush), and the other in the Manawatu, both in the southern half of the North Island. The emigrants arrived there from 1868. In 1878 the number of Norwegian-born was said to be 1,213, and emigration from Norway died down then.[2]

Norsewood in New Zealand's Seventy Mile Bush started as a Norwegian settlement in 1872.[3][4][5] In 1881 New Zealand had 1,271 Norway-born residents, in 1901 there were 1,279.[6]


New Zealand and Australia are two of the most popular countries for Norwegian students. There are currently about 200 Norwegians studying in New Zealand. There are also some 2,500 Norwegian students in Australia. Half of the Norwegian students in New Zealand and Australia are members of ANSA - the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad.

List of Norwegian New Zealanders



See also


  1. ^ 828 people have informed that they have a Norwegian ethnic background.
  2. ^ Nedrebø, Yngve. "Et overblikk over norsk utvandringshistorie" [An Overview of Norwegian emigration history] (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 12 June 2002.
  3. ^ Walrond, Carl (8 Feb 2005). "Scandinavians - 1870s: assisted migration: Seventy Mile Bush". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ Arnold, Rollo (1981). The Farthest Promised Land - English Villagers, New Zealand Immigrants of the 1870s. New Zealand Texts Collection. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 312. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  5. ^ The Norway year book. 2. Oslo: Sverre Mortensen Forlag. 1938. p. 364. Retrieved 10 December 2009. [...] Norsewood in New Zealand is a Norwegian settlement that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1922.
  6. ^ Walrond, Carl (4 April 2009). "Scandinavians - Facts and figures". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
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